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India to Replace Plastic Water Bottles in Trains with Stainless Steel Cans

Steel News - Published on Tue, 22 Oct 2019

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The Print reported that if the Indian government has approved a consumer affairs ministry proposal, railway passengers, especially on premium trains such as Tejas Express and Vande Bharat Express, could soon get aluminium or steel water cans instead of plastic water bottles. Government officials told ThePrint that the ministry is in talks with the Steel Authority of India to produce these cans in two of the most common grades of food grade stainless steel 18/8 and 18/10, also known as Type 304. A source in the consumer affairs ministry said that “We are in talks with SAIL for making water bottles/cans for the railways’ Rail Neer brand. These will be initially offered to passengers aboard premium trains such as Tejas Express and Vande Bharat Express.”

The source said the government is also in consultation with private players, and an expression of interest has also been put up by PepsiCo and Coca Cola to introduce aluminium cans for drinking water, through their respective Aquafina and Dasani brands. The multinational giants are planning to sell drinking water in aluminium cans in the US by 2020.

Mr Siddhartha Singh, public relations officer of the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation said that “We will certainly consider steel/aluminium cans to replace plastic bottles and are resolved to replace plastic bottles phase-wise.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 22 Oct 2019
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